Daily Dr. Roto—May 4, 2017
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I am not sure that I have ever seen more injuries this early in the Fantasy Baseball season. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger injuries and the worry alert I have for each player.
Rangers SP Cole Hamels—Looks like he will be out eight weeks with an oblique strain
Worry Alert: 8 out of 10. I was worried about him before his injury due to his lack of velocity. Now with the injury I would debate cutting him in 10-12 team leagues.
Mets SP Noah Syndergaard—Will be out close to three months with a lat strain
Worry Alert: 9 out of 10. If you took Thor, you probably did so in Rounds 1-2 which means that he is the SP1 of your team. Can he come back in August and help? He’ll have less than 10 starts which probably won’t do enough to help your Fantasy team catch up in pitching categories.
Giants SP Madison Bumgarner—Out for eight weeks with a shoulder injury
Worry Alert: 8 out of 10. Why is this guy allowed to dirt bike during the season? I would be less worried if he agreed to take it easy for the remainder of his contract.
Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman—Left yesterday’s game with arm soreness
Worry Alert: 3 out of 10. Stroman says that he will be ready to make his next start. I believe him, but I will still watch him closely.
Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury—Dealing with a sore elbow
Worry Alert: 5 out of 10. I see a DL stint in Ellsbury’s future as the Yankees will be traveling to NL parks shortly and it will give Ellsbury a chance to rest considering there is no DH anyway.
Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera—Dealing with a sore groin
Worry Alert: 4 out of 10. He did hit a HR in his first game back from the DL, but he also left late in the game for precautionary reasons. I think the Tigers will monitor him closely, but I can see another DL stint in his future.
Phillies SP Aaron Nola—Nola is having issues with his back and is scheduled for an MRI
Worry Alert: 7 out of 10. I hate pitchers with back issues and Nola just doesn’t seem right on the mound. This is his second year in the league and he is dealing with his second major injury. If this continues, Fantasy owners will be even more wary before drafting him.
Indians SP Corey Kluber—Kluber was placed on the 10-day DL with a stiff lower back
Worry Alert: 7 out of 10. I am worried about Kluber not only because of his back injury, but because of the innings pitched last year during the Indians playoff run. Usually pitchers (outside of Mad Bum) tend to have a down year after pitching late into October and I can see that happening here with Kluber. An extended time on the DL (maybe until June 1) would give him enough time to rehab and relax and get himself ready for the second half of the season.